Youth Theatre


The George Daily Youth Theatre is the auditorium’s own professionally-staffed program. Camps are created around project-based education and are designed to use theatre as a tool to teach confidence, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and responsibility. Year-round programming is available to children in the form of an after school program and an eight-week summer camp.

Summer Camp

The heart of the Youth Theatre is the summer camp. Summer camp is made up of a series of themed camps and workshops over the course of eight weeks. This summer, campers will be challenged to find an experience beyond simply stepping on stage or playing games. Campers will explore bold ideas and building a shared experience beyond expectation.

To Theatre Camp and Beyond!

Download a registration form here!

Musical Theatre
June 5 – 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades K-12, $80
Musical Theatre returns for its fifth year in the pursuit of training triple threats: performers who can sing, act, and dance!
Guest teacher: Mark Swinerton 

Rogues & Rebels: Game Camp
June 12 – 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades K-12, $80
This camp is all theatre games, all week long! Campers will form a team of rebels and work together to outwit an all-powerful empire trying to take over the galaxy. Every game, win or lose, changes the story and its ending.
Guest teacher: Mark Swinerton 

Two-Week Production
June 19 – 23 & June 26 – 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades K-12, $160
Over the course of two weeks, campers will build an original hour-long production, including writing, filmmaking, music composing, acting, and directing. Explore the history of Oskaloosa and learn about interviewing from the best in the biz!
Guest teachers: Mark Swinerton and Christopher Williams

Dreamcasters: A Podcast Project
July 10 – 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades K-12, $80
Tackle the subject of dreams to create a podcast and create one episode per day in this camp! Explore how dreams affect people, from the dreams you have while you sleep, to the dreams you want to achieve.
Guest teacher: Kaitlyn Majoy

Workshop: Landing an Audition
July 10 – 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades 6-12, $80
Workshops are a new addition meant to challenge students in the disciplined art of theatre. This workshop focuses on auditioning and landing a role in a play.
Guest teacher: Jason Tipsword

1 Camp, 2 Camp, Dr. Seuss Camp
July 17 – 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades K-12, $80
How would you take your Dr. Seuss? Would you could you with a lamp? Would you could you in theatre camp? Would you adapt them here or there? Campers will adapt them everywhere! 

Workshop: Creating a Character
July 17 – 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades 6-12, $80
Workshops are a new addition meant to challenge students in the disciplined art of theatre. Learn how to develop characters and explore motivations to craft compelling performances.
Guest teacher: Jason Tipsword

July 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades K-12, $80
Disappointed Halloween only comes once a year? Summerween is the perfect answer! Create spooky tales of terror and mystery for this brand new holiday. 

Workshop: Shakespear’d
July 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades 6-12, $80
Workshops are a new addition meant to challenge students in the disciplined art of theatre. To finish off the series, campers will bring Shakespeare’s King Lear to life.
Guest teacher: Jason Tipsword

Wizards, Wands, Wonders, and Werewolves
July 31 – August 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Grades K-12, $80
The North American School for the Magical Arts (NASMA) is one of North America’s pioneer academic wizarding institutions. This year, NASMA will be the first school to allow werewolves to enroll. In this camp, choose your house, make your wand, join a spell team, and change the world!
Guest teacher: Caleb Woodley

After School Program

The George Daily Youth Theatre has programming available after school for grades K-12. Camps are split between elementary camp (K-5) and middle school camp (grades 6-8). Each session is themed and culminates with a showcase performance. Students in high school can join The Improvjects, an improv troupe that meets and rehearses once a week.


Registration should never be a barrier to attending camp. Through the support of individuals and civic organizations, anyone may participate in camp. Community support helps make scholarships and alternative payment plans available to everyone.


High school students may also participate in our Work-For-Camp program that uses volunteer hours to cover the cost of camp registration. This means high school students help teach elementary camps, load-in professional touring shows, or the general operation of the auditorium. Work-For-Camp is also an excellent way to get hands on experience with theatre professionals during the professional season.

Individual Lessons

The George Daily Youth Theatre offers voice and piano lessons with the Music Education Director, Allison McGuire. Allison received her Masters of Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a lead teacher with the George Daily Youth Theatre and an adjunct music instructor for Central College. Her music students have been cast in Des Moines productions, performed with All-State Choir, and received perfect scores at Iowa’s Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Lessons are 30 minutes long once a week and cost $100 per month. Please email Allison at to check on availability and scheduling.